Click on the subjects below to find useful resources related to vacant and abandoned lots, redevelopment, code enforcement, and more.
- Find a Property
Master Commissioner’s Auction Search
The Master Commissioner Office holds auctions for homes that are in foreclosure. This site provides a list of properties to be auctioned in the near future, information on the auctioning process, and what to do after a property is purchased. Auctions are typically held in the Jury Pool Room on the second floor of the Jefferson County Judicial Center, 700 W. Jefferson St. If held elsewhere, notice may be obtained from the Commissioner’s Office.
Metro-Owned and Landbank Property
This site gives you access to guidelines on how to purchase a Landbank or Metro-owned property and the available property list.
Available Building and Property Sites
This interactive web-based map from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development allows prospective business owners to search available industrial, research and technology park sites based on individualized criteria and conduct a basic market analysis using a variety of demographic and geographic attributes.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Homes for Sale
View homes for sale from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies.
- Search Property Information
Jefferson County Clerk’s Office Online Land Records
The Online Land Records allow users to search for deed and mortgage information as well as existing and previous owners of a property.
Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator
The Jefferson County PVA is charged with assessing the property value of all real estate in the county and maintaining accurate parcel information. The search function on the PVA website provides basic information on a property; a paid subscription is also available to access more information, including square footage, maps and photos, and sales and assessment history.
5 Tools for Finding Vacant Property Owners
This document includes explanations of tools that can be used to find owners of vacant properties.
Department of Codes and Regulations
Search records of property inspections including notes on violations and citations.
Jefferson County Clerk's Delinquent Tax Website / Tax Master
Learn about delinquent taxes and important notices on tax liens. The TaxMaster.net link allows users to lookup the purchaser of defaulted tax bills, amount of taxes due for a property, and existing property lien holders.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Property Tax Search
The Property Tax Search provides real estate tax information for all properties in Jefferson County.
LOJIC is Louisville’s own mapping system that allows individuals to find land parcel information, development information (zoning, special review districts, environmental constraints), and other general information (sanitation, council district, emergency services). Once an address is entered in the query box, use the table of contents to select the information you want to appear on the map.
- Public Health and Safety
Department of Codes and Regulations
The Department of Codes and Regulations enforces Louisville Metro Government's property maintenance, nuisance and zoning codes to ensure health, safety, and land use standards.
Code Enforcement Board
The Code Enforcement Board is an appointed group of individuals who preside over appeals to code enforcement violations. Learn more about the Notice of Violation/Citation appeal process and view upcoming Code Enforcement Board dockets.
Vacant Property Reporting
Create reports of vacant properties using the “Vacant Structure and Vacant Lot Reporting” link, and report the status using the “Update your Vacant Lot Status” link.
Demolition is authorized by law when a house is in a severe state of deterioration or is a hazard to the community. Learn more about two types of demolitions initiated by Louisville Metro Government.
Report Illegal Dumpers
Witnessed or have any information related to illegal dumping? Contact Metro Government immediately by calling 311 or using the form provided. New state of the art cameras have been installed in problem areas which have seen repeated illegal dumping.
Louisville Metro Police Department
Learn more about LMPD and track crime on the city crime map.
- Redevelopment Resources
Office of Housing and Community Development
Search for programs that serve to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods and provide an adequate supply of affordable housing, and learn about homeownership counseling programs and Louisville Metro Government’s development partners.Office of Planning
The Office of Planning is responsible for administering the policies, programs and regulations that guide Metro’s development. Responsibilities include development plan review, overseeing design overlays and historic preservation programs, and advising the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission, and Design Overlay Committees on decisions affecting land use and the built environment. PDS is also responsible for maintaining and monitoring compliance with the Land Development Code.
State Rehabilitation Tax Credits
Look here for information regarding state tax incentives offered for rehabilitating historic structures.
Department of Economic Development
The Department of Economic Development provides resources for business development, including incentive programs, small business and agribusiness loans.
- Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening
EPA Guide: Growing Gardens in Urban Soil
Redevelop brownfields for urban agriculture. The literature includes a case study and a detailed resource guide for brownfield redevelopment.
University of Louisville Urban Community Gardens
Begin a community garden in an urban neighborhood.
Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS)
This link provides access to Kentucky state law, including its property and ownership laws.
Louisville/Jefferson County Ordinances
This site includes local ordinances passed by the Council and approved by the Mayor. Ordinances listed under Public Works and Land Usage may be the most pertinent to prospective property owners. These ordinances provide a framework for those interested in creating a development plan for a property.